Sheffield university graduate set for dragons’ date

Dragons' Den stars, from left, Kelly Hoppen, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Piers Linney.
Dragons' Den stars, from left, Kelly Hoppen, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Piers Linney.
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A former Sheffield student and doctor is hoping his business idea will win support – and cash– from TV dragons.

Dr Ganesh Rao is to appear on hit show Dragon’s Den on Sunday, to ask for £100,000 to grow his online health and beauty treatment site, TreatmentSaver.com

Sheffield University graduate Dr Ganesh Rao.

Sheffield University graduate Dr Ganesh Rao.

In the show entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a team of business experts, nicknamed dragons, with the hope of convincing them to invest in the project.

Dr Rao said: “We’ve been delighted with how the site has grown over the past three years.

“This has fuelled our decision to source investment from the dragons.

“We want them to help us build on the success we’ve achieved to date and really scale up our business to achieve its full potential.”

The 35-year-old studied medicine at Sheffield University and worked as a doctor at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital before beginning his entrepeneurial venture. Newcastle-based Treatment Saver was the first online portal in the UK to launch appointment booking for the health and beauty sector.

It also enables people to compare clinics offering treatments such as laser eye surgery, read customer reviews and check prices.

Dr Rao, who set up the site with optometrist Tim Harwood, said: “The problem is there’s little transparency of prices in this sector.

“Every other industry has comparison sites to help people make smarter decisions when it comes to suppliers and costs, so why should it not be the same for people looking for laser eye surgery or botox?

n Dr Rao is on Dragon’s Den on Sunday, on BBC Two at 9pm.